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Assistant Director of Dining Services-Retreat Operations (Chef Manager)

Vassar College

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Vassar College

Assistant Director of Dining Services-Retreat Operations (Chef Manager)

Department: Dining Services
Duration of Position: Full year / Full time
Work Schedule:
Employee Type: Administrator
Posting Date: 05/18/2024
Union Representation: Not Applicable
Posting Number: AS496P
Pay Rate:
Compensation: The starting annual base salary range for this position is $62,000-$78,000.

When extending an offer, Vassar College considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, budget, and other market and organizational considerations. The starting salary range represents the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate at the time of posting.

About Vassar College
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape.Vassar College is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. The College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial, ethnic, and other historically underrepresented groups.Vassar College is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus.Vassar College offers a comprehensive benefits package for administrators which includes: 22 vacation days for full time employees – prorated if not full time, unlimited paid personal and sick time for use at the supervisor’s approval. 14 paid holidays per year which includes the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. A choice of three health plans (EPO, PPO, High Deductible), Participation in FSA, Dependent Care, and Transit programs. Voluntary, employee paid dental insurance plan. Life Insurance and Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance Employer paid short-term and long-term disability programs. 403(b) defined contribution plan after one year of service. For more information, visit: New hires will be automatically enrolled in the SRA at a 4% employee contribution per paycheck. Tuition benefits for undergraduate programs: Eligible after applicable waiting period. For more information, visit:

Position Summary and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Director of Dining Services, the Assistant Director of Dining Services - Retreat Operations provides direct, day-to-day operational, administrative oversight, and culinary management for the Retreat and The Express serving approximately 1,800-2,000 meals per day. This position is a member of a management team expected to develop a successful plan for meeting or exceeding student expectations of an on-campus food service. Vassar College, in partnership with Bon Appetit, focuses on local and sustainable ingredients, healthy food options and cooking from scratch.
  • Work in partnership with Bon Appetit on food procurement, inventory, menus, special events and culinary promotions.
  • Works with Dining Services leadership to strategically plan for fiscally sound operations, excellent customer service centered around students, and effective staff development.
  • Provide supervision, leadership, and training to the 20 hourly food service staff including, but not limited to coaching, training, and accountability, as appropriate.
  • Directly responsible for quality improvement, sanitation, safety measures and all kitchen-related activities including adherence to food-allergy guidelines.
  • Oversee daily operations regarding service, execution, and quality of food and recommend and implement efficiencies.
  • Availability and flexibility to work evening and weekend hours year-round to support campus dining.

  • Three years of demonstrated culinary management experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Must have the ability to work with others and to take and give direction.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Comfortable using technology to support operations including budgetary functions and accounting.

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience working with unionized staff.
  • ServSafe Certification.
  • Experience in higher education or high-volume food service setting.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format. Review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources, 845-437-5820.

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